Poor Communication

I am working with a freelancer and I have already paid initial amount to him.
Till the first payment, he was very responsive but now I have started seeing a lot of problems while dealing with him.
Whenever I try to contact him, he says one of several excuses like mobile network not coming, his father/kids were sick. The mail landed up in spam, there is a flood in his area, he could not see the phone, the phone fell in water so not working properly. I don’t know if he tells lies or not but the outcome is that I am suffering.

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